The Seattle Mariners open the 2022 season at T-Mobile Park on Friday, April 15, with Opening Day against the Houston Astros. Tickets for the game are sold out, but there are still tickets for the remaining eight games in the Opening Homestand.
Game time on Opening Day, which is also Jackie Robinson Day, is 6:42pm. All gates will open at 4:40pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to pass through security screening. All fans will receive 2022 Season magnetic schedules upon arrival.
The pregame program begins at 6:00pm and will be carried live on ROOT SPORTS.
Ceremonial First Pitch & National Anthem
Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch will be Ichiro Suzuki, who is to be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame in August. The National Anthem will be performed by Ayron Jones, rising Seattle guitarist, singer and songwriter. Jones was nominated for the 2022 Best New Rock Artist iHeartRadio Music Award.
Mariners Opening Day is the 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier when he played his first Major League game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Mariners will join teams around the league in tribute to the trail blazer and civil rights champion. Mariners and Astros players, managers, coaches and on-field personnel will all wear “Dodger Blue” 42 numbers on their Nike jerseys in Jackie’s honor.
During the pregame ceremony, the traditional ceremonial first run around the bases by a Make-A-Wish® child will feature 12-year old Uriah Holmes, who is from Auburn, WA. Uriah lives with sickle cell disease, an inherited red blood cell disorder that can cause severe pain, anemia, organ damage and infections. Uriah loves electronics, especially her MacBook and PS5. Her favorite subject in school is math and she likes to play baseball, soccer, football, a run.
This is the 23rd consecutive year a Make-A-Wish child has performed the ceremonial first run around the bases on Mariners Opening Day. Since becoming the Mariners naming rights partner in 2019, T-Mobile has donated $10,000 to Make-A-Wish every Opening Day, and is proud to do so again this year.
The Mariners are inaugurating a new program, Hometown All-Stars to recognize community members who have been instrumental in helping make the Puget Sound area a better place to live, work and play. The first Hometown All-Star to be recognized is Bookie Gates, Garfield High School and Washington State University graduate and stand-out athlete, who founded Baseball Beyond Borders, a program that helps young men and women from under-resourced communities to play baseball and softball, provides them with life skills training, and prepares them for college and careers.
Salute to Those Who Serve, Presented by T-Mobile
Throughout the 2022 season, the Mariners will recognize the service of members of the U.S. military forces, presented by T-Mobile. On Opening Day, the honoree will be US Navy Chief Petty Officer Matthew Lake. Lake has served seven deployments since July 2005. He currently serves aboard the USS Carl Vinson, stationed at Naval Base Kitsap. Lake is the recipient of a Navy Commendation Medal and five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. Earlier this year, he assisted sailors who were seriously injured when a naval aircraft crashed on the Vinson flight deck, despite suffering a concussion and injuries to his chest, knee and wrist, earning praise for representing “our nation with the utmost amount of courage and selflessness, demonstrated in his actions” during the crash response, and every day.
Prior to the National Anthem, there will be a moment of silence in remembrance of members of the Mariners family and Major League Baseball who have been lost over the past year, including Julio Cruz and Ricky Lee Nelson, former Bullpen Coach Brian DeLunas, Gene Clines who had a nine-year professional playing career and coached for the Mariners from 1989-1992, and Ray Fosse, the All-Star, Gold Glover and World Series Champion, who was a member of the Mariners inaugural team in 1977.
During the pregame program, the Mariners will present the 2021 American League Cy Young Award to pitcher Robbie Ray. With a 2.84 ERA over 193.3 innings, including a league-high 248 strikeouts, Ray was one of baseball's most dominant pitchers last year.
T-Mobile customers have a dedicated ballpark entry next to The T-Mobile ‘Pen Gate, located on Royal Brougham between the Left Field and Center Field Gates. Customers can use their mobile phones to validate T-Mobile as their wireless provider before scanning their digital tickets at the members-only entrance.
Bag & Outside Food Policy:
More information about what is and is not permitted at T-Mobile Park is available at Mariners.com/Gates.
With Opening Day sold out, fans can still get tickets for the remaining eight games of the Mariners Opening Homestand, which includes Ken Griffey Jr. Bobblehead Night on Saturday, April 16, Mariners Clear Tote Bag Day, presented by MLB Network, on Sunday, April 17, Mariners Puffy Vest Night and College Night on Friday, April 22, the first Little League Day of the season on Sunday, April 24, and Five Value Games (4/16, 4/17, 4/19, 4/20, 4/21), with tickets priced as low as $10. Tickets are available at Mariners.com/Tickets, and at the Mariners Team Stores at Westlake in downtown Seattle, and T-Mobile Park.